2D Artist

Maliyo Games is seeking a skilled, highly motivated, passionate artist interested in creating remarkable African characters and environments for Africa’s growing mobile gaming population. Our games are designed to present the best experience for users as both fun to play and push the limits of the platform in a challenging and rewarding way. In this position, you will work in a production environment with game developers and UI designers to create, design, and produce high-quality visual assets for environments, characters, and props for mobile experiences.

Position: 2D Artist

Status: Full-Time Exempt

Location: 100% Remote

Compensation: Negotiable (subject to experience)

Company Overview

Maliyo is a Lagos-based game development studio that creates African-inspired games for mobile users with over 40 games in our portfolio. Maliyo infuses the continent’s lively culture and experiences into everything we create. Our goal is to embed Africa’s vibrant culture into video games through storylines, character development, immersive environments, captivating sounds, and strong visuals.

Essential Functions:

  • Collaborate effectively with team members to offer visual solutions for our game titles.
  • Create mood boards and digital sketches to quickly communicate artistic concepts with the team.
  • Create high-quality 2D assets to meet the visual identity of the company.
  • Create environments and hard surface assets for use in high-quality games.
  • Work with the production team to ensure consistency between vision and implementation of assets in the game.
  • Ensure all aspects of art production are completed in a timely manner and to a high standard.
  • Understand and follow direction provided by the creative lead.
  • Work within the production schedule, manage files, and meet deadlines.
  • Research and analyze other games and styles.
  • Use the latest tools and techniques to create stunning game art.


  • Experience in visual arts, especially in 2D art and creating high-quality and game-resolution assets.
  • Strong knowledge of 2D editing tools such as Photoshop, Painter, Sketchbook Pro, etc.
  • Familiarity with 3D tools like Maya, 3D Max, Modo, ZBrush, etc., to deliver high-quality assets.
  • Advanced understanding of texture painting, material setup, low and high-poly modeling, UV painting, and topology.
  • Strong skills in conception, design, and production of 2D art.
  • A critical and artistic eye, knowledge of form, line, and lighting.
  • Ability to work in multiple varied art styles and adapt styles for the target audience.
  • Excellent communication, collaboration, organization, and time management skills.
  • Personal commitment to improving your knowledge and skills with a proactive and enthusiastic approach to work.
  • Work requires continued attention to detail in establishing priorities and meeting deadlines.
  • Must be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously within a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and the ability to work with cross-functional teams in-person and remotely.